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Obamacare Canít Be the GOPís 2014 Silver Bullet
National Review ^ | 03/06/2014 | By John McLaughlin & Jim McLaughlin

Posted on 03/06/2014 7:50:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democratcare; donkeycare; elections; jackasscare; obamacare; silverbullet

1 posted on 03/06/2014 7:50:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Whats the matter with a friggen’ tax break?


2 posted on 03/06/2014 7:53:06 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

IMHO, conservatives need to convey the message that they are not simply naysayers and obstructionists, but that we have good ideas and specific plans that will work in all areas for (almost) everybody.

The message must be simple and consistent, with a unifying theme that appeals to the majority.

“Freedom” works for me.


3 posted on 03/06/2014 7:56:38 AM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: SeekAndFind

Grandma, the daughter of your highschool basketball coach, and the man your wife buys her hearing aids from didn’t all die from cut off medical care with those other things. Right there at home where they could talk about it. Not far away in a foreign land.

Dozens of other people you know weren’t also seriously affected even though they didn’t die.

It’s pretty damned stupid not to immediately recognize that there is no rational parallel.


4 posted on 03/06/2014 7:58:09 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: skeeter
RE: Whats the matter with a friggen’ tax break?

Unfortunately, you are asking from the point of view of a TAXPAYER.

The number of people in this country who pay NO taxes is approaching 50%. Try convincing these people that tax cuts are necessary... Why would they care as long as someone else is paying their goodies?


5 posted on 03/06/2014 7:58:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

You’ve pointed out the “entitlement army”

They are a difficult foe....


6 posted on 03/06/2014 8:00:53 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But what’s the point of showing just income taxes?


7 posted on 03/06/2014 8:02:29 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: SeekAndFind
I was disappointed when Romney backed away from his 47% comment. It was what the current idiot in the White House would call a 'teachable moment'.

The democrats have torn the country apart, dividing it into a dozen groups to get their votes. Why won't the republicans speak for the taxpayers?

8 posted on 03/06/2014 8:03:28 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Should be Obama & Reid’s lawless actions and incompetence.

Not the number or “fact of” his exec actions, but the lawlessness of the content.

His 30 dictatorial revisions to Congressionally enacted Obamacare.

His failure in economic and foreign policy.

His failure in Benghazi.

His abuse of the IRS to target his political opponents.

His villinization of the Energy industry.


9 posted on 03/06/2014 8:06:17 AM PST by G Larry (Did You Like That Better?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for the many factoids!


10 posted on 03/06/2014 8:08:03 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Win BIG this fall and then IMPEACH & Prosecute


11 posted on 03/06/2014 8:08:26 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: SeekAndFind

The Democrats are going to say that they will fix Obamacare while the Republicans will repeal it, leaving you (the voter) high and dry. At the best, Obama will veto the repeal and there will be no fix coming. Vote for us because we’ll stick it to the fat cat Republicans and make them pay their fair share.

I don’t know that it’ll work but with the press 99% behind them, they’ve a chance. Remember, the divisions in the Republican Party will cause a lot of conservatives to stay home especially if the elite win the primaries like in the Texas primary.


12 posted on 03/06/2014 8:12:13 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: SeekAndFind; C. Edmund Wright
That’s what Mitt Romney’s campaign thought, in theory, about the economy, that it would be a “silver-bullet issue” to the exclusion of security and other issues. It didn’t work.

'lol!' ping. First, Mitt's campaign did squat in fighting anything of the 0bama agenda, much less 0bamacare. He had one good initial debate and then went into rope-a-dope mode and lost because of it.

To say nothing of what a flawed candidate he was. Repeal of 0bamacare and instituting fiscal sanity once again is a "silver-bullet issue"!

13 posted on 03/06/2014 8:13:32 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind
The number of people in this country who pay NO taxes is approaching 50%.

Can you say "Tipping Point"? I am John Galt!

14 posted on 03/06/2014 8:15:42 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have said it before and I will say it again. All in against Obamacare is a HUGE mistake. It just isn’t that unpopular and very few want it repealed. There are many good issues with which to Hammer the Dims. I’m not saying Obamacare should be ignored. Of course not. But, standing alone this is a loser. Yeah, we’ll probably hold the House and stand a 60-40 chance of picking up the Senate, but that has MUCH more to do with where the Senate races are held and Gerrymandering than it does with some wholesale hatred of Obamacare.

But. Hey. The GOP doesn’t pay me to run anything. All I know is they have been screwing up elections for awhile now and that theyare aiding America’s lurch Left.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 8:18:19 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind
In our poll 20 percent of all voters nationally disapprove of Obama but do not yet say they’ll vote to elect Republicans to Congress. These voters will decide the November election.

In other words, our fate is in the hands of people who don't necessarily like Obama, but are bound and determined to keep getting their free stuff.

Swell.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 8:20:19 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Eccl 10:2

EXACTLY! But ... they won’t do it. We don’t even do it here. Being against Obama is not the same as being against EVERYTHING Obama supports regardless. The latter will not work. But, hey. When we are sitting here in 2016 with Hildabeast in the White House, Obamacare rolling along, Dems controlling the House and the Dims with a 61 seat majority in the Senate maybe it will be apparent.


17 posted on 03/06/2014 8:21:33 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Eccl 10:2
The message must be simple and consistent, with a unifying theme that appeals to the majority.

How about "incompetency" as the unifying theme? Obama and his people give multiple examples every day. The Republicans could pound on this theme from multiple fronts with Obamacare acting as the crown jewel in the strategy.

I think the IRS hearings have potential to be dynamite if Issa can get a break. When this first came out, I heard a group of my colleagues who are hard-core Obama supporters express concern that their man (or his people) might have played dirty political tricks with the IRS. I was clear from their discussion that if proven they were ready to abandon Obama (a couple even said so and no one walked them back from the ledge). These people are politically misguided but generally not hypocritical and the actions were too Nixonian in their eyes to be tolerated. If Obama and his administration get tied to this, he'd lose a significant part of his base.

18 posted on 03/06/2014 8:23:35 AM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: SeekAndFind

20 percent of all voters nationally disapprove of Obama but do not yet say they’ll vote to elect Republicans to Congress.
Talk about a need to clean out the voting pool.


19 posted on 03/06/2014 8:28:09 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: CommerceComet

How about “incompetency” as the unifying theme? Obama and his people give multiple examples every day. The Republicans could pound on this theme from multiple fronts with Obamacare acting as the crown jewel in the strategy.

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While true, such a theme would only frame us as bitter losers, IMHO. The message needs to be one to attract voters to us, not simply repel voters from them. Big difference.

You can pull on a rope, but you can’t push on it.


20 posted on 03/06/2014 8:28:48 AM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: SeekAndFind

These political theories always look tidy on paper, but they never take into account the effect of a highly biased press and (increasingly) voter fraud. When a politician has an adoring, unskeptical press on his side, he can win an election with only 25% approval numbers.


21 posted on 03/06/2014 8:31:17 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SeekAndFind

“Obamacare Can’t Be the GOP’s 2014 Silver Bullet”

Yes it can. In fact obamacare is the Republican’s ONLY silver bullet, because it’s the ONLY direct, personal and tangible impact on individual lives as a consequence of Democrat policies. These personal, tangible impacts are simply undeniable by all the lies and propaganda of the Democrats and their propaganda organ, the kommie lapdog media.

All other issues besides obamacare are subject to “interpretation”, meaning subject to lies and propaganda. However, NOTHING can change the actual facts of losing your health insurance, losing your doctors and losing your access to medical care you had before obamacare, and NOTHING can change the actual fact that your health care costs have increased by hundreds of percent over your costs before obamacare.


22 posted on 03/06/2014 8:32:05 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ex-snook

Well, if you cherry pick your statistics you can lie about anything.


23 posted on 03/06/2014 8:32:42 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SeekAndFind
There is no shortage of silver bullets they could use.
0bamacare is only one.
IRS, Taxes, Economy, Jobs, EPA, DEA, DOE, Guns, Schools, Wars, Foreign Policy, Ukraine, Benghazi, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Corruption, Waste, Graft, Excessive welfare rolls...
Where to start? Don't tell me Republicans can't find an issue, or several issues, to run with.

24 posted on 03/06/2014 8:38:48 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Vaduz

RE: 20 percent of all voters nationally disapprove of Obama

What do the other 80% say?


25 posted on 03/06/2014 8:39:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Longer version of first post:

“Obamacare Can’t Be the GOP’s 2014 Silver Bullet”

Yes it can. In fact obamacare is the Republican’s ONLY silver bullet, because obamacare is the ONLY policy that has had a personal and tangible impact on individual lives that is a DIRECT consequence of Democrat actions. These personal, tangible impacts are simply undeniable by all the lies and propaganda of the Democrats and their propaganda organ, the kommie lapdog media.

All other issues except for obamacare are subject to “interpretation”, meaning they are subject to lies and propaganda. However, NOTHING can change the actual facts of losing your health insurance, losing your doctors and losing your access to medical care you had before obamacare, and NOTHING can change the actual fact that your health care costs have increased by hundreds of percent over your costs before obamacare.

The Democrat politicians and their lapdog media can lie and spin all they want to, but none of that will change the horrific negative personal impact obamacare has had on each and every one of us on a daily basis. Personal health care is a life and death matter, and obamacare is killing us and we can all see that. Repealing obamacare is the ONLY issue any Republican candidate should be running on, and if Republicans can not win based on repealing obamacare they’ll never win another election because the voters are too ignorant and/or too stupid to vote for their own self-interest.


26 posted on 03/06/2014 8:42:21 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kill it but will they vote republican?.


27 posted on 03/06/2014 8:46:06 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

We have to focus on the economy. ObamaCare is bad because it kills jobs and prevents job creation. FedGov regulations are bad because they kill jobs. Lawless rule by decree is bad because the uncertainty kills jobs. We have to link everything worth discussing to jobs, and if there is no link, we need to ignore the topic this election.


28 posted on 03/06/2014 8:53:12 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me try to sum this up. When they have to write this convoluted of an article to explain how Obama’s disapproval rating plus Obamacare do not hurt democrats - they have a problem.


29 posted on 03/06/2014 9:12:07 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: catnipman
Yes it can. In fact obamacare is the Republican’s ONLY silver bullet, because it’s the ONLY direct, personal and tangible impact on individual lives as a consequence of Democrat policies.

I agree. and the beauty of it is that the stench of Obamacare is on the hands of all the 'rats who voted it into being. It's not just about Obama.

30 posted on 03/06/2014 9:14:55 AM PST by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, ¬ďThere is no God.¬Ē)
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To: catnipman

I can write the anti Obamacare ads right now but I doubt the republican party can.

Example: Mom and Dad wrapping the kids’ presents under the tree on Christmas Eve. They sadly discuss how they couldn’t get the kids what they had hoped for this year, “but after we lost our coverage because of Obamacare and had to pay so much to get insured (or couldn’t get insured and had to pay so much in medical bills) and with my being laid off, I guess our kids will have to get used to more disappointments” A tear drops from Mom’s eye.

Voice over and text: “They made you pay, now make THEM pay at the polls. Vote the Democrat politicians out and vote Republican to restore America before it’s too late!”


31 posted on 03/06/2014 9:21:29 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams

I love your ad! Beef it up a flash of before and after monthly health insurance invoices. Maybe even use a real family with cost numbers.


32 posted on 03/06/2014 10:01:52 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even longer version, with new ending paragraph:

“Obamacare Can’t Be the GOP’s 2014 Silver Bullet”

Yes it can. In fact obamacare is the Republican’s ONLY silver bullet, because obamacare is the ONLY policy that has had a personal and tangible impact on individual lives that is a DIRECT consequence of Democrat actions. These personal, tangible impacts are simply undeniable by all the lies and propaganda of the Democrats and their propaganda organ, the kommie lapdog media.

All other issues except for obamacare are subject to “interpretation”, meaning they are subject to lies and propaganda. However, NOTHING can change the actual facts of losing your health insurance, losing your doctors and losing your access to medical care you had before obamacare, and NOTHING can change the actual fact that your health care costs have increased by hundreds of percent over your costs before obamacare.

The Democrat politicians and their lapdog media can lie and spin all they want to, but none of that will change the horrific negative personal impact obamacare has had on each and every one of us on a daily basis. Personal health care is a life and death matter, and obamacare is killing us and we can all see that.

Repealing obamacare is the ONLY issue any Republican candidate should be running on. It is imperative that Republicans keep their message simple so the media cannot obfuscate and confuse the message. The simpler the message, the easier it is for the voters to understand the message and the more difficult it is for the media to spin it against the Republicans. So, obamacare: you’ve either voted for it or against it, and/or you’re either for repeal and replacement or you’re against repeal and replacement. It’s that simple. And if Republicans can not win based on repealing and replacing obamacare they’ll never win another election because they’ll never have another issue this powerful and because the voters will have demonstrated once and for all that they are too ignorant and/or too stupid to vote for their own self-interest, even when that self-interest is a matter of life and death.


33 posted on 03/06/2014 10:04:16 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Eccl 10:2
While true, such a theme would only frame us as bitter losers, IMHO. The message needs to be one to attract voters to us, not simply repel voters from them. Big difference.

Perhaps but any theme is going to be spun in a negative fashion by the other side. A theme of freedom will be spun as protecting special interests from reasonable regulation. I think that we are agreeing on one thing: the Republicans need to make the 2014 elections a referendum on Obama.

34 posted on 03/06/2014 10:40:04 AM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: CommerceComet

“I think that we are agreeing on one thing: the Republicans need to make the 2014 elections a referendum on Obama.”

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Yes, but it won’t work unless we provide positive alternatives to his ruinous plans.

What I’d like to see is roughly 8 or 10 major issues addressed with a specific proposal for each issue, not unlike Newt’s Contract With America, which I thought was brilliantly conceived, but we didn’t have the stones to follow through. Get people talking about OUR agenda. Maybe call it Foundations of Freedom. Whatever. For example:

Taxes - eliminate the IRS. Flat tax, no loopholes. Maybe keep the charitable deduction and mortgage interest deduction.

Entitlements - privatize Soc Sec for anyone under 50, or even 45.

Healthcare - repeal AbominableCare. Eliminate all barriers to insurance competition. Encourage HSA’s. Remove all corporate deductions for employee health insurance.

Corporate Welfare - phase out 100% of it over four years, but lower corporate tax rates by a roughly equal aggregate amount.

Immigration - halt all illegal immigration, but encourage legal immigration.

etc, etc

Not saying these should be the exact specific proposals, but you get the idea. Keep it simple, but covering 10 issues makes it comprehensive and specific.


35 posted on 03/06/2014 11:36:08 AM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Eccl 10:2
What I’d like to see is roughly 8 or 10 major issues addressed with a specific proposal for each issue, not unlike Newt’s Contract With America, which I thought was brilliantly conceived, but we didn’t have the stones to follow through.

Unfortunately, I don't see anyone in leadership with the vision of Newt. The problem with current leadership is they would propose a "me, too, just not as much" agenda. We saw how well that worked in presidential election of 2012. Ted Cruz could lead this reform charge but the GOPe leadership would obstruct it in any non-public way they could and possibly publicly oppose it. There are too many in the party establishment who would rather have the Republicans stay out of power than to turn over the reigns to the conservatives.

Ironically, the Contract with America probably got clinton re-elected. With no real ideological moorings, billy jeff could take the CWA provisions, modify them some and claim them as his own.

36 posted on 03/06/2014 12:25:01 PM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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bkmk


37 posted on 03/07/2014 11:22:38 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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